Worship Words for 16 August: Remember Those Treated as Dogs

We know it can be difficult to find liturgical language that is up to the task — of online or physically distanced gatherings, of pandemic, of political turmoil, etc. Even our regular lives can have ups and downs that affect our creativity. Worship Words are here for you to use however you need them —… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Beauty and Peril of the Tribe

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a tribe is “a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers.” According to my entirely unscientific and utterly subjective recall: I first encountered the word “tribe” in the context of after-school TV reruns of wild West shows from the 50’s and 60’s.… Read More

Ordiversary Party: August!

Happy ordiversary, August-ordained friends! This month’s party is being kicked off by the delightful and amazing Elisabeth Spence, who is celebrating TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ordained this month! woohoo! Tell us a bit about your journey into ministry. I was the Head of a residential school for children with emotional and social needs going about my merry… Read More

Thursday Prayer: Hiroshima Day

August 6 and August 9, 2020, are the 75th Anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  For the hibakusha, the survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki we pray: Peace, peace, peace! For all those affected by nuclear testing we pray: Peace, peace, peace! For our earth, and the places polluted by… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Water Walking and a Voice in the Silence

So, fellow RevGals and Pals, how’s your sermon? If you’re following the RCL, there are rich images in just about every text. The Lectionary Leanings post from this week is here if you still need inspiration. Are you considering what it meant for Peter to step away from helping to row the boat in order… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Stewardship of the Ideal

Today is the umpteenth who-even-knows-anymore day of the Season of COVID, during the weeks of protests for racial justice, in the days following the heart-rending, history-revealing passing of the honorable John Robert Lewis, civil rights leader and U.S. Representative from Georgia. Rep. Lewis died at the age of 80 after 65 years making “good trouble”… Read More

Worship Words for 9 August 2020 — dreams deferred

We recognise that in these times it can be difficult to find liturgical language that is up to the task — of online or physically distanced gatherings, of pandemic, of political turmoil, etc. Worship Words are here for you to use however you need them — as is, adapted, as inspiration. All of these are… Read More